Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate, "King Mo" Lawal vs. Roger Gracie official for Strikeforce in JulyPosted on June 5, 2011, 11:53 PM by Joey Santosus
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson continued to come together today with two high-profile match-ups now official. Women's Welterweight Champion Marloes Coenen puts her title on the line against Miesha Tate and former Light Heavyweight champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal takes on Roger Gracie.
Strikeforce officials confirmed the bouts on Saturday.
Coenen (19-4) will look to make her second successful title defense since defeating Sarah Kaufman to capture the belt back in October. Though Tate was originally set to challenge for the strap in March, she was replaced by Liz Carmouche when an injury forced her out of the match-up. The relatively inexperienced Carmouche put on a valiant performance, but was submitted by Coenen late in the fourth-round.
Tate (11-2) comes into the bout riding a five-five win streak, which includes three consecutive Strikeforce victories. "Takedown" cemented her place as number-one contender by winning a one night tournament back in August, picking up unanimous decisions over both Hitomi Akano and Maiju Kujala.
Lawal (7-1), meanwhile, looks to rebound after being dethroned by Rafael Cavalcante at last year's Strikeforce: Houston. Prior to the defeat, which was the first of his career, "King Mo" had won seven straight, including a decision victory over Gegard Mousasi to claim the belt.
Gracie (4-0) remains unbeaten in his short professional career, most recently submitting the tough South African Trevor Prangley in January. The win was his second in a row with the promotion, having previously choked out Kevin Randleman at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery.
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson is set to take place July 30th from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. A superfight between "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson will headline the stacked card, while the Light Heavyweight clash between Lawal and Gracie is expected to serve as co-main event.
Photo: Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal at a workout session at the Legends gym on March 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California. Francis Specker